Lucio still doubtful as Inter bid to keep hold on trophy
Inter Milan defender Lucio is still doubtful for Tuesday`s Champions League match against Bayern Munich, Inter coach Leonardo said on Monday.
Munich: Inter Milan defender Lucio is still doubtful for Tuesday`s Champions League match against Bayern Munich, Inter coach Leonardo said on Monday.
Reigning champions Inter must overcome a 1-0 first-leg deficit and Lucio`s presence is likely to be crucial with fellow centre-back Walter Samuel ruled out for the season.
"We will have to look at Lucio`s fitness in training later this evening. Not only Lucio`s fitness but that of some other players as well," Leonardo told reporters.
The Brazilian was replaced by Ivan Cordoba with 25 minutes remaining in Friday`s 1-1 Serie A draw with Brescia after pulling a muscle in his right leg.
Cordoba had a torrid time, gifting Brescia an equaliser before committing a professional foul to give away a penalty and get sent off.
Striker Diego Milito is unlikely to play after missing the first leg with a hamstring injury.
Inter are not in the commanding form of last season when they won the treble, beating Bayern in the Champions League final.
"I don`t want to promise our fans anything," Leonardo said. "I want to think about all the options because in football anything can happen."
"I think there is a great will among my players. These matches are like finals, they have the character of a final and they go under your skin."
Inter lost the first leg to a last-minute goal from Mario Gomez.
Dutchman Wesley Sneijder said his team mates were confident of becoming only the second team in Champions League history to overturn a first-leg home defeat with away victory to progress to the next round.
"You have to believe," said the midfielder. "This game is 180 minutes long. We played 90 minutes, lost 1-0 at home but we played very well. Tomorrow is the other 90 minutes we will go for it."